Amazing 1892 Golf Novel Predicted Bullet Trains, TV and More

Written by Steve Smith

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Little things, too, amaze him: He no longer has to shave every day; instead, he brushes a miraculous preparation of some sort over his cheeks once a week and this is sufficient to keep down his beard. Similarly, he uses a hairbrush that keeps his hair atrepparttar length of his choosing, so he never needs to visitrepparttar 105775 barber (which is good, since barbers no longer exist).

The appeal of Golf inrepparttar 105776 Year 2000 is perhaps stronger today than it was when it was first published. Golfing fans, as could be expected, enjoy it for its wry commentary onrepparttar 105777 sport as practiced inrepparttar 105778 19th century and inrepparttar 105779 "future" (our present) as imagined by a contemporary of H.G. Wells, who was also writing speculative fiction about things to come. General readers have fallen in love with it, too. Not only is it fun to go through it tallying up author McCullough's hits and misses onrepparttar 105780 predictive front,repparttar 105781 book radiates a kind of Victorian charm that is reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes story.

Now,repparttar 105782 world is rediscovering this little literary fantasy.

In January of 2005, news services reported that an American collector named James Espinola had paid $2,240 at auction for a rare first edition of Golf inrepparttar 105783 Year 2000. Although Espinola is said to be inrepparttar 105784 process of selling off his own huge collection of golf memorabilia, he was quoted as explaining that he can't resist buyingrepparttar 105785 occasional "odd thing" at auction--and this was one of those things.

The Edinburgh, Scotland, auction house of Lyon and Trumbull had guessed thatrepparttar 105786 book would fetch less than a quarter of what it ended up bringing. The auctioneers' golf specialist was quoted as saying thatrepparttar 105787 final price "took us a bit by surprise."

Although original editions ofrepparttar 105788 book are extremely rare, it has occasionally been reprinted in facsimile editions from time to time. No one thought to make it available torepparttar 105789 vast audiences ofrepparttar 105790 World Wide Web, though, until recently.

On February 26, 2005, a little over a month followingrepparttar 105791 news aboutrepparttar 105792 auctioned first edition, Golf inrepparttar 105793 Year 2000 made its Web debut at The full text of this odd and engaging book is finally available for anyone, anywhere to read--without charge.

Atrepparttar 105794 end ofrepparttar 105795 book,repparttar 105796 main character declares that he does not intend to wake up and find himself back in 1892 again, and that his amazing adventure was all a dream. "No, no; I'm in 2000, and in 2000 I mean to stay." Like him,repparttar 105797 tale of his adventure seems to have found a secure place in our time.

Steve Smith is a writer and editor currently living near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His most recent Web site projects include Golf In The Year 2000 ( and Tops4Tennis (

Revised: Where Can I Publish my Book?

Written by Arthur Zulu

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But suppose they don’t appeal to you. You have another choice. Self Publishing

Yes, you may decide to do it yourself. Print and publish your work. Go round, promote and distribute your book. Become your own manager, accountant and clerk. And more! Then ask yourself: How far can I go? Do I haverepparttar time? Do I haverepparttar 105774 experience? Can I bearrepparttar 105775 health and physical risks?

Well, it is up to you to decide. And remember what Hippocrates said: ”Ars Longa: Vita brevis -– Arts is long, but life is short”.

If none ofrepparttar 105776 above appeals to you, you are not to tuck away your precious manuscript inrepparttar 105777 attic. And go bungee jumping! Life after all, “is not a roller coaster” someone says. So, why not tryrepparttar 105778 exciting world of Internet Publishing.

Internet Publishing Did I say exciting? Yes, of course. The world had been dragging until some whiz kids got their magic boxes together and said: “Letrepparttar 105779 computers be connected!” And there camerepparttar 105780 Internet. Andrepparttar 105781 dot com bomb. So, atrepparttar 105782 touch ofrepparttar 105783 button, you haverepparttar 105784 world at your feet. Isn’t that exciting? You,repparttar 105785 writer has so much to gain fromrepparttar 105786 Internet. You can do your research there, read all kinds of books, and dorepparttar 105787 ultimate –- publish onrepparttar 105788 Internet.

I am not going to do a dissertation here because I do not know so much aboutrepparttar 105789 subject (pardon my ignorance.) I even understand that there is going to be a “new” kind of Internet, soon (pity me.) The first thing I will tell you though, is that dragons live there. The second is that many dot com companies are closing shop. Andrepparttar 105790 third is that there is no hidden secret to success inrepparttar 105791 net than hard work, as in real life. (Is Internet not real?) The fourth is thatrepparttar 105792 Internet is your shortcut to success. Do you want to find out? Why not visitrepparttar 105793 experts as you read on. Two publishing opportunities are open to you onrepparttar 105794 Internet. What are they? you may ask. E- BOOK PUBLISHERS

Just as you haverepparttar 105795 traditional publishers, so you haverepparttar 105796 electronic or e- book publishers. But be careful! Many of them out there don’t know what they are doing. And remember, you are going to do business with someone you don’t see. So you will have to ascertainrepparttar 105797 credibility of your publisher.

These arerepparttar 105798 categories of E- book publishers I have observed from my own personal experience. Which is your preference?

1. Targeted Publishers

These ones publish selected books targeted for special audience. They publish How-To’s, books on Business planning, web site, search engines, Net Etiquette, humor and others. If your book is on these subject matters you are free to submit. 2. Submit, ready to sell.

These publishers would want you to submit your formatted E- book ready to sell. Butrepparttar 105799 manuscript would previously have been submitted for approval. And you would not be asked to make any financial commitment in this case. If this appeals to you, submit. 3. General Publishers

Submit your finished manuscript of any genre to these E- book publishers. Pay forrepparttar 105800 publication and go to bed. They will handle everything from formatting to publishing and promotion. Your book will even be available as an E- book or Rocket E – book, paperback book and audio book and in several, other forms (as you may desire.) Interested? Then submit!


Your book can now be published in paper back or hard cover and be made available to be ordered online anywhere. This technology is known as print-on-demand (POD). The copies are as good asrepparttar 105801 ones fromrepparttar 105802 traditional printing houses. And there are no unsold copies.

For a list of publishers, simply searchrepparttar 105803 following onrepparttar 105804 Web:

Trade publishers

Subsidy publishers

E-book publishers

Print-on-demand publishers

But if these do not appeal to you, and you haverepparttar 105805 training and computer experience, you may play Stephen King—publish yourself!

Arthur Zulu is an editor, book reviewer, and author of Chasing Shadows!, How to Write a Best-seller, A Letter to Noah, and many other works. For his works and FREE help for writers, goto: mailto:

Arthur Zulu is an editor, book reviewer, and published author.

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